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Connecting the unconnected

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The one-day event will feature interactive discussion and working sessions with a focus on finding sustainable solutions and models for digital inclusion

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The percentage of unconnected people is higher in the South Asia region than worldwide
The percentage of unconnected people is higher in the South Asia region than worldwide

IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organisation dedicated to advancing technology for humanity will be hosting an event in Dehli, India, which will look at how collaboration can bring affordable, universal network to the 60 per cent of the world’s population who remain unconnected.

 

The event called Internet Inclusion: Advancing Solutions (IIAS) – Delhi takes place on September 15th and brings together government officials and leaders from development banks, industry, the technical community, non-governmental organisations/civil-society organisations.

 

The one-day event will feature interactive discussion and working sessions with a focus on finding sustainable solutions and models for digital inclusion, such as envisioned in Digital India, a flagship programme of the Indian government premised on the vision of transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge-based economy.

 

It is estimated that the percentage of unconnected people is higher in the South Asia region (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) than worldwide.

 

Oleg Logvinov, chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative said, “The Delhi event builds on an earlier, globally scoped IEEE event addressing Internet inclusion and seeks to hasten efforts to connect the unconnected by providing a platform for a deeper dive into the challenges, barriers and opportunities within the local South Asian context and perspective.

 

“IEEE is uniquely suited to bring together such a diverse cast of stakeholders, extend local conversations to the global stage and maintain momentum toward the goal of affordable, universal access.”

 

IIAS program chair Deepak Maheshwari, director of government affairs for Symantec across India and the ASEAN region said: “Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s visionary and ambitious Digital India programme has the potential to transform the country through digital infrastructure, enablement and empowerment. However, the challenges are aplenty. While India already has 300 million Internet users, many of those are connected at low speed but more importantly; three-fourth of the population is yet to come online.

 

“IEEE believes that it is going to take a judicious mix of various technology solutions and conducive policy framework in this pursuit. It has made significant progress in a very short period of time by bringing together key, varied stakeholders to collaborate in this endeavor of connecting the unconnected while also fostering security and safety.”

 

The IEEE Internet Initiative is a cross-organisational, multi-domain community that connects technologists and policymakers from around the world to foster a better understanding of, and to improve decisions and advance solutions affecting Internet governance, cybersecurity, and privacy issues.

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